Los Islotes and San Francisco

Dec 26, 2017 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Just before breakfast, the National Geographic Sea Bird anchored near Los Islotes; rocky outcrops composed of weathered ash layers and covered in guano. These small islands are home to the southernmost breeding colony for California sea lions during the summer months. We had the unique opportunity to view these sea lions from the water, admiring their underwater acrobatics and dog-like curiosity. Afternoon activities on the island of San Francisco included intertidal explorations, hikes up the ridge for amazing views of Half Moon Bay, and a chill yoga class on the beach. With fresh margaritas and toes in the sand, we sat around a bonfire and watched the sun sink behind the Baja California peninsula.

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Emily Newton

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse. Her fascination with marine science began with family vacations to British Columbia, where she explored tidepools, captured sculpins, inspected limpets, and watched resident killer whales hunt, play, and rest in Johnstone Strait.

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Adrian Cerda


Adrian studied biology at the national Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1991 the Wildlife Preservation Trust of Jersey, on Britain's Channel Islands, awarded Adrian with a scholarship to its prestigious 16-week training program in Captive Management and Breeding of Endangered Species. This pioneering course of study is responsible for the conservation and rescue of countless species on the verge of disappearance. While there, Adrian also received a six month diploma in endangered species management.

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